The NUME method of transcribing music is featured in The Music Notation Project (formerly The Music Notation Modernization Association) because " is certainly possible to solve problems in a different manner, as you have done with your carefully designed system, which is one reason why we want to maintain a link to your Web site on the MNP page." and "Another reason is that you've come up with a novel rhythmic notation, and rhythmic innovations are under-represented on the MNP Web site,"

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N.U.M.E. Tablature for Piano

Professional Music Instructor Dan Anderson sent the following comment about NUME. "Your NUME notation system is so sensible it makes me feel guilty for putting kids through our convoluted traditional system."


The NUME method incorporates the six-line staff to utilize the chromatic (every note) scale. Several other six-line methods exist. The five distinguishing and more logical features of the NUME method are:


1)  The bottom line of each clef begins at the start of the alphabet with the A note.

2)  Since every note has its own line or space, key signatures are no longer needed.

3)  Notes no longer have "double" names. (ie. A#-A sharp or Bb-B flat). Only sharp names are used.

4)  Since different kinds of notes cannot arbitrarily be assigned one beat, time signatures are no longer needed.

5)  The largest duration of a note, rest, or sustain is one beat, giving a simple and unique method of timing the sounds.



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